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Net-"Sue-Me"-Neutrality: Get Ready for the Spring Offensive

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.26.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Once the entire Open Internet (Net Neutrality) rules are put out (we have only an outline as of this writing), you can expect a lawyers' banquet, a feeding frenzy where they will file and file and file.

Influence Abuse: Trust, Truth and Games of Gotcha

Alan Kelly | Posted 02.26.2015 | Media
Alan Kelly

Is it time for the spin police?  Sitting in the theaters of entertainment, politics and business, one wonders if practitioners of influence are abusing their tradecraft and the trust of their markets.  One wonders then if they'll self-correct or be market-corrected.

How the Christian Coalition and MoveOn Helped Save Net Neutrality: A Buried Story of a Powerful Coalition

Paul Loeb | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Paul Loeb

This week's FCC action should bring a long-delayed victory for net neutrality. It's an important victory, without which the online world that we've come to take for granted would risk being auctioned off to the highest bidder. But this victory might never have happened without an unlikely political coalition a decade ago.

Net Neutrality From Muskets to Megabits

Art Brodsky | Posted 02.22.2015 | Technology
Art Brodsky

On February 26, the FCC will do something that few have ever accused the government of doing. It will recognize reality and act appropriately. That, in a nutshell, is the debate over net neutrality. Just as plain telephone service connected people and was regulated, now it's data services. Calls or video are all just megabits. Telephone companies couldn't discriminate in their traffic then, neither should they or cable companies be able to play favorites or manipulate customers now. That basic, regulated fairness is what allowed the Internet to develop, a point some current opponents seem to miss, whether blinded by ideology or money. But if you listen to the anguished cri de coeur from the loyal defenders of the big telecom companies, you would think the FCC's action was a government coup d'interconnecter -- a takeover of The Internet.

Why Three Is Such an Important Number in Business

Ira Kalb | Posted 02.11.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

Good marketing follows certain universal truths. To succeed in an increasingly skeptical and fragmented marketplace, therefore, it behooves marketers to learn and apply these universal truths to marketing their products. One of the most important "truths" is the "power of three."

Author and Journalist Eric Brach on Why Net Neutrality Matters

Jarod Cerf | Posted 02.10.2015 | Business
Jarod Cerf

In light of the recent debates on tiered access to broadband service and whether telecommunication companies have the right to charge both content providers and home users (as well as the federal government's evolving stance on the issue) I sat down with Eric Brach.

Why Apple's Dramatic Profits Could Spell Disaster

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 02.08.2015 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

It's hard to imagine that Apple's stunning profit report from last week is anything but good news, but i'm going to go out on a limb and say that what we've just witnessed is the beginning of the end of Apple.

Verizon's Super-Cookies Are Spying on You Right Now

Mark Weinstein | Posted 02.03.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

The Electronic Frontier Foundation thinks Verizon could be violating a federal law requiring phone companies to keep customer data confidential. My take on all of this is that if nothing else, it's a clear violation of our personal rights.

Snapchat As You Knew It Is Gone

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 01.28.2015 | Technology

One of the most popular messaging apps sure isn't what it used to be, oh, 48 hours ago. Snapchat on Tuesday announced a massive update called "Disc...

T-Mobile Wins The Quarter

Michael R. Levin | Posted 01.28.2015 | Business
Michael R. Levin

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Maintain Customer Bases Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) released analysis of the results from its research on mo...

Why Do Consumers Switch Mobile Phone Carriers?

Michael R. Levin | Posted 01.22.2015 | Business
Michael R. Levin

Consumers do not appear to switch carriers based on the quality of customer service received from their old carrier or anticipated from their new carrier.

President Obama Comes to the Defense of Gigabit Cities

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.16.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

On Wednesday, President Obama called for an end to rules that prevent cities towns and other communities from creating their own high-speed Internet networks.

2015: The Trend Line for Communications Services -- Phone, Broadband, Internet, Cable TV & Wireless -- Sucks

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

As a telecom analyst for over 30+ years, I've been tracking the trend lines of communications services. And from the customer perspective -- your perspective -- 2015 will be like watching a train wreck in slow motion -- and continue over the next few years.

Government Report: No High Speed Broadband Competition: Blame AT&T, Verizon & CenturyLink's Two Decades of Broken Promises.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.26.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

In the last article about broadband I supplied a list of the "video dialtone" deployments that were filed at the FCC by what are now AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink to upgrade the utility copper networks and replace these wires with fiber optics wires -- which never happened.

First Theater to Screen The Interview Loses Internet for 5 Days

Keith Thomson | Posted 02.25.2015 | Entertainment
Keith Thomson

Jubilant Plaza employees added big red letters spelling out "Freedom Prevails" to their marquee, then took to the Internet to share the news. Or, rather, they would have taken to the Internet.

Sprint Sued For 'Cramming' Cell Phone Customers

Reuters | Posted 12.17.2014 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Sprint Corp over unauthorized charges on cus...

You Have Been Charged Thousands for a Fiber-Optic, Broadband Utility That You Never Got -- Over the Last 20-Plus Years

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

By 2010 or there abouts, America was supposed to have been a fully-fiberized nation with fiber optic-based broadband utilities -- really.

User Experience: Hygiene or Strategic Differentiator?

George Bradt | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
George Bradt

There's no doubt that some people in some situations will pay more for goods and services if they are wrapped in enjoyable experiences. The question f...

Most Delicious? Oreos Versus Tracking Cookies

Mark Weinstein | Posted 02.07.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

You would think that cookies and technology together would make the most awesome partners since chocolate and peanut butter, right? If only...say it ain't so!

Vote for the Worst Toy of the Year

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, an organization whose mission is to support parents' efforts to raise healthy families by limiting commercial access to children and ending the exploitive practice of child-targeted marketing, is having a Vote for the Worst Toy of the Year contest.

AT&T's--REDACTED--to the FCC's Requests about--REDACTED--Fiber Optic Deployment--REDACTED.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.28.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T must be investigated for its previous failures to fulfill basic commitments in prior mergers, especially the AT&T-BellSouth merger and the FCC should audit the new proposed fiber optic plans, not just take AT&T's word for it.

Obama, Not the Giant Telecoms, Is Right on Net Neutrality

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Ralph Nader

It's the same old song and dance -- corporations want more control at the expense of consumer choice and at the expense of a fair market. Net neutrality is about whether or not corporations have the right to seize this control and obtain the ability to give preferential treatment to certain websites, companies or services.

20 Things I Learned From Attending the Golden State Warriors Game

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 01.06.2015 | San Francisco
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

The Golden State Warriors are undefeated this season, 4-0, I attended the game on 11/5 at the Oracle Arena where they defeated the LA Clippers who eliminated them last season in the playoffs. Here are 20 things I learned.

Verizon, AT&T Tracking Internet Activity Of More Than 100 Million Users

The Washington Post | Posted 11.03.2014 | Technology

Verizon and AT&T have been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers with what critics have dubbed “super-...

Timothy Stenovec

I Experienced The Dreaded AT&T 'Throttling' Firsthand

HuffingtonPost.com | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 11.04.2014 | Technology

Last month, when I was in California for a work trip, my phone suddenly became useless. Even though I was in downtown San Francisco, the data connecti...